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PawpawThough the pawpaw is generally unknown to the American public, it is the largest edible fruit native to the US. The fruit is indigenous to 26 states from northern Florida to Maine and west to Nebraska. Fossil records indicate that the papaw's forebears established themselves in North America millions of years before the arrival of humans. American Indians extensively used the pawpaw and introduced it to European explorers. As a much loved fruit, European settlers named towns, creeks, and islands after the pawpaw. Today, pawpaws are primarily eaten in very rural areas, and most Americans only know of the fruit from the traditional folk song, "Way Down Yonder in the Paw Paw Patch."

The pawpaw plant is found most commonly near riverbanks and in the understory of the rich eastern US forests. The Pawpaw has a creamy, custard-like flesh with a tropical flavor, which is often described as a combination of mango, pineapple, and banana. More than 50 commercial nurseries market pawpaw seeds or trees in the US. The pawpaw Foundation at Kentucky State University is actively working to revive the fruit by promoting scientific research in the areas of pawpaw breeding, growing, managing, harvesting, and use.

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Teresa's Fruit and Herbs/Sunny Lane Farm

  Eureka, IL    LocalHarvest Sponsor!

Teresa's Fruit and Herbs is a very small, but very diverse farm located in the Mackinaw Valley in central Illinois. We grow about 25 kinds of fruit, 30 kinds of culinary and tea herbs, over 150 varieties of vegetable and herb starts, as well as some flowers. (more...)

Tantre Farm

  Chelsea, MI    LocalHarvest Sponsor!

Tantre Farm has been a certified organic family farm in Chelsea, Michigan since 1993. The owners of Tantre Farm are Richard Andres and Deb Lentz. They own about 115 acres of farmland, which produce about 25 acres of vegetables, mushrooms, flowers, herbs, and some fruits such as berries, pears, and melons. (more...)

Tani Creek Farm

  Bainbridge Island, WA

We are small certified organic coastal market garden and CSA on the south end of Bainbridge Island. The farm utilizes permacultural design and biodynamic practices. We currently have 3.5 acres of fruit trees/shrubs and 1 acre put into annually rotated vegetables/ pasture. (more...)

Tall Trees Farm

  Lancaster, VA

Tall Trees Farm is located in "the other" Lancaster County in the beautiful Northern Neck of VA. Surrounded by historical landmarks and farms of the tidewater area. We view ourselves as stewards of God's green earth and conduct our farm in that light. God gave all creatures special traits and we do our best to honor that design. (more...)

Sycamore Spring Farm

  Frederick, MD    LocalHarvest Sponsor!

"Put a Little Farm in your Life" CSA program celebrates 14 years of growing the Safest, Healthiest most Nutrient Dense Foods possible for our Farm Family members and Friends. NO HARM FARMing is at the heart of all we do on this old-time Homestead Family Farm. (more...)

Sunny Slope Farm

  Elliottsburg, PA

Sunny Slope Farm is located in the heart of rural Perry County, Pa. We raise a variety of produce using only organic and sustainable methods and we only sell what we produce. We do not buy any produce in to resell. (more...)